Should men be able to give birth to children?
October 30th 2019

Within a few years, it may be possible for premature babies to grow inside an artificial womb. And when that day arrives, should men be able to give birth to children? Should we externalize pregnancy with artificial wombs? And are these feminist dreams or frankenstein nightmares? Welcome to Reprodutopia, a debate on our reproductive futures.

A new narrative

For a long time the birds and the bees served us well to explain where our children come from. Yet radical developments in reproductive technology force us to rewrite this story.

Artificial wombs, gene editing techniques and reprogramming adult cells into eggs or sperm cells are revolutionary ways for human beings to reproduce, and appear to be closer than any of us can imagine.

It’s time for a much-needed discussion about the way technology radically alters our attitude towards reproduction, gender, relationships and love in the 21st century. If we are to rewrite the human story, let’s make sure it becomes a story that benefits all.

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Hester Gersonius
Posted 14/10/2019 – 12:35

Now that women's and LGBTQ rights show to be more fragile the ever, I'm very curious to see what the future will hold for the artificial womb. Personally, I'd love to see (gay ánd straight) men being able to carry their baby, but I also worry that it will become a privilege for wealthy reproductively challenged people.

Joyce Nabuurs
Posted 10/10/2019 – 09:36

To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female. However, I do not believe men have to get pregnant to solve the issue. Could we use the discussion on the development of the artificial womb to raise awareness for this inequality that affects female mental, physical and professional status? The extension of paternity leave in 2020 is a great start, what’s next?

Lisa Mandemaker
Posted 09/10/2019 – 14:43

Using an artificial womb could lead to more equality between sexes, but also between different family layouts. If men would be able to give birth to children, it would maybe be easier for male same-sex couples to have a child together.

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